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That's what we're doing, at this point, isn't it?
Right now, in Canada, there are many Cannabis dispensaries, some legal, some not, some are in a kind of legal grey-zone (at least, that's the way the police are enforcing the law).
Whether or not your store, or place of work, is left alone or not seems quite arbitrary.
Example. Police have NOT raided the pot dispensary owned by a fellow cop, despite no legal difference between his business and those raided and robbed of their property by cops.
There are not a lot of jobs out there to be had. There are almost certainly some young pot dispensary workers who cannot afford to just turn down the opportunity of a wage.
Some of these people are being handcuffed and thrown in jail. They're being treated like criminals for the crime of wanting to be gainfully employed.

Should we really be punishing these young people, Justin Trudeau? 

Hasn't this bad law done enough harm?

The Running Joke by KeswickPinhead
They hate that guy....Popular Will"How much will your investigation, the subsequent trial, etc. end up costing taxpayers, yrp?
  #Cannabis #Canada #CanadaProblems #copFAIL"
My query, posted on twitter, facebook, and now here on dA, remains unanswered.
The 'authorities' don't want the public to know how much money they waste, in their vain attempt to counter popular will.
Here is a link to the document where the York Regional Police boast of the exaggerated value of their...let's call it "work"....in eradicating an activity most
Canada: A Just Society?In a truly just society, a judge would determine that Linda Hunt, the woman that saved Constable Michael Klarenbeek's life in a Brampton courtroom,  is NOT a DANGER to SOCIETY for using cannabis.
In fact, in a perfect world, Linda Hunt would be given a medal, instead of having to beg for mercy from a judge, for daring to use cannabis to treat her maladies.
This is our reality in Ontario Canada, on this first day of April.
Justice should also be seen to be done, your...uh..."honour"...
 Drop the charges against Linda Hunt.
"Drop the charges" - Gogol Bordello 'Not a Crime'
UPDATE:
Charges against Linda Hunt DROPPED! 
DRUNKTANK DOPE: What are the Statistics, Steve?We are all familiar with the terms drunk-driver, drunk-tank, drunk in public, these are things we have adjusted our laws to address. We spend tax money on construction, in the case of the cells used to hold people intoxicated on the legal substance alcohol. We even build and fund havens for those fleeing booze-fueled beatings from their spouses.
It got me wondering about the stats in places where cannabis is now legal.
How many people have been jailed for being under the influence of pot in public?
How much tax money has been spent jailing out-of-order weed users?
What is the number for those who were so out-of-control behind the wheel that they required police intervention?
Accidents caused by those out-of-control herb-using drivers?
Shelters required to protect spouses from marijuana-fueled violence?
We've spent money on drunk-tanks, to deal with the INEVITABLE unruly drunks, but the notion of legalizing cannabis is seen as dangerous by some short-sighted politicians, like Steph
Birth of the Banana Split by KeswickPinheadBirth of the Banana Split by KeswickPinheadBirth of the Banana Split by KeswickPinhead
"We learned a lot about loyalty," said GOP cuck Donald Trump, adding "and I got to honk the big horn on the big truck."

"It was a mutual decision" - Donald Trump (recently dumped)

"I immediately failed to repeal and replace Obamacare on day one, so now we will do everything we can to sabotage your healthcare until it implodes" - Donald Trump (failure)
After reading Jeremy Grimaldi's informative report about what the Horsak family endured at the hands of York Regional Police www.yorkregion.com/news-story/…
 it occurred to me that this may be YRP's routine approach to misdeeds they've committed, because they did a similar thing to me.
They beat the father and son, they tossed a phone (reported to be full of damning evidence) into a toilet. Then they laid charges against their victims, so that they could justify the beating.
In my case they roughed me up, handcuffed me, tossed me in a cell, then found out they'd fucked up and had nothing to prove the vile criminal accusations they'd been repeatedly making, so they charged me with 'trespassing'.
When they were given an opportunity to prove their disgusting and baseless insinuations, and justify treating me like a violent criminal, they folded.
When the police were called to justify "subduing" a father and son in their own home, and explain how the phone got in the toilet, they dropped the "assaulting a police officer" charges against the people the police assaulted.

Both cases, no evidence to justify their deeds. Both cases, no justice for the victims.

Here, again, is the 'Stunning Kunstler' quote you may notice I repost a lot.

"...and that’s the terrible myth of organized society, that everything that’s done through the established system is legal, and that word has a powerful psychological impact. It makes people believe that there is an order to life and an order to a system and that a person that goes through this order and is CONVICTED has gotten all that is due him, and therefore society can turn its conscience off and look to other things and other times. And that’s the terrible thing about these past trials, is that they have this aura of legitimacy, this aura of legality. I suspect that better men than the world has known, and more of them, have gone to their deaths through a legal system than through all of the illegalities in the history of man. 6 million people in Europe during the Third Reich. Legal. Sacco and Vanzetti. Legal. The hundreds of rape trials throughout the South where black men were condemned to death. All legal. Jesus. Legal. Socrates. Legal. All tyrants learn that it is far better to do this thing through some semblance of legality than to do it without that pretense."
 - William Kunstler
Mary Fairhead attempts a Dump by KeswickPinhead
When will local cops be held accountable?The Attorney General claims that they dropped these bullshit charges because proceeding with them, after THREE AND A HALF YEARS, was "not in the public interest". (see link below)
Not in the best interest of the criminal police they've been colluding with, is more like it.
York Regional Police assaulted two innocent people, then they phonied up some bullshit charges to cover their filthy tracks. The Attorney General went along for the ride, and for three and a half years, there was no sign of conscience.
 What would be the reason to suddenly drop this case after three and a half years of tax money being spent by police and the court?
Because it's not in the "public" interest?
Wouldn't the public interest have been better served three and a half years ago, York Region?
 http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7158034-family-spends-thousands-3-years-battling-police-assault-allegations/


 


The Campaign of Whispers               April 27 2007 was the first time I heard the disgusting allegations against me. The Geniole family, who formerly lived at 39 Highcastle, sent the police to my house to investigate their claim that I was “Looking at Children in the Park”.
             The police spoke with me for a short time and were convinced that these allegations were groundless.(or so I THOUGHT at the time)
              I have had disputes with The Geniole family before. Unable to attack me with claims to the police, they started to spread the rumour that I was a “Child Molester”. I think they should be investigated for Criminal Mischief.
               The second time the police were summoned to inv
The Attorney General claims that they dropped these bullshit charges because proceeding with them, after THREE AND A HALF YEARS, was "not in the public interest". (see link below)
Not in the best interest of the criminal police they've been colluding with, is more like it.
York Regional Police assaulted two innocent people, then they phonied up some bullshit charges to cover their filthy tracks. The Attorney General went along for the ride, and for three and a half years, there was no sign of conscience.
 What would be the reason to suddenly drop this case after three and a half years of tax money being spent by police and the court?
Because it's not in the "public" interest?
Wouldn't the public interest have been better served three and a half years ago, York Region?


 www.yorkregion.com/news-story/…

Granddads Head Dick by KeswickPinhead
A Message to the Principal by KeswickPinhead
 
Stunning Kunstler Quote by KeswickPinhead
The Campaign of Whispers               April 27 2007 was the first time I heard the disgusting allegations against me. The Geniole family, who formerly lived at 39 Highcastle, sent the police to my house to investigate their claim that I was “Looking at Children in the Park”.
             The police spoke with me for a short time and were convinced that these allegations were groundless.(or so I THOUGHT at the time)
              I have had disputes with The Geniole family before. Unable to attack me with claims to the police, they started to spread the rumour that I was a “Child Molester”. I think they should be investigated for Criminal Mischief.
               The second time the police were summoned to inv
Criminal Cop Modus OperandiAfter reading Jeremy Grimaldi's informative report about what the Horsak family endured at the hands of York Regional Police http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7158034-family-spends-thousands-3-years-battling-police-assault-allegations/
 it occurred to me that this may be YRP's routine approach to misdeeds they've committed, because they did a similar thing to me.
They beat the father and son, they tossed a phone (reported to be full of damning evidence) into a toilet. Then they laid charges against their victims, so that they could justify the beating.
In my case they roughed me up, handcuffed me, tossed me in a cell, then found out they'd fucked up and had nothing to prove the vile criminal accusations they'd been repeatedly making, so they charged me with 'trespassing'.
When they were given an opportunity to prove their disgusting and baseless insinuations, and justify treating me like a violent criminal, they folded.
When the police were called to justify "subduing" a father

Wondering if I'm alone on this...

When the news hit about people being mowed down by a vehicle in New Orleans, I thought terrorism, at first.
When I heard it was a drunk driver, I initially felt relief.....relief, that people had only been hurt or killed by someone impaired by alcohol.
Think about that for a second.
It seems I've become so accustomed to alcohol-related death and destruction, that I prefer it to death and destruction carried out for political ends.
Frankly (as a now-sober person) I'm terrified about that moral ambiguity, but it also got me thinking about how this view, that I am certain is not mine alone, affects, and costs, society.


Before Justin Trudeau thinks about pulling his promise of legal weed, I'd like to remind him, there are no weed tanks for taxpayers to pay for.
No, we only spend money on drunk tanks.
We spend taxes for damage caused by the very-legal substance.
Car crashes, refuge from violent spouses, the aforementioned holding cells, etc.
We prepare for the cost of this death and destruction because we know it will happen, this harm is expected by the public and the government.
Some early statistics show that alcohol and opiate consumption reduces in places where there is legal cannabis.

My heart goes out to all those affected by this horrible tragedy. This alcohol addict in recovery is deeply sorry. :( 
Remnants of a Lazy Drunk by KeswickPinhead

An ADDICT speaks on AddictionBooze and Junk were my drugs of choice, but I wasn't too proud,
to take anything to get high.
I smoked anything that could be smoked, and I injected just about anything you could inject.
I ate handfuls of pills.
For years I abused Alcohol.
For years I abused Narcotics.
Over the years, I tried to quit on my own.
People tried to talk to me about quitting.
I was UGLY, I lashed out at those who cared.
A friend, who had just begun a methadone treatment, asked me "Do you see yourself doing this in ten years?"
"Don't you WANT to change?"
I went to a methadone clinic, to get a steady supply of Narcotics.
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I was diagnosed with hepatitis C.
The doctor calmly told me that I could go on drinking, but it would kill me.
I left his office in tears, a wreck. I swore I would never drink again.
On the way home I bought a big can of beer, and drank it, cursing my weakness.
That was just about the last time I drank .
I have been sober for 10 years, Narcotic fre
STEPHEN HARPER: INFINITELY WORSESo, for those keeping score at home, Stephen Harper spent 7.5 million tax dollars for an ad campaign demonizing cannabis.
In that costly propaganda failure, he said that cannabis is 300 to 400% stronger today than 30 years ago...with zero proof to back that outrageous claim.


Now Harper says that cannabis is 'infinitely worse' than tobacco.
One would assume he pulled that statistic from the same orifice as the 300 to 400% hornswoggle.
I also have to wonder how much money the tobacco industry has donated to Stephen Harper and the 'progressive' 'conservative' party.
Nice wig though...
Stephen, he just wasn't ready.

Re comment below:
If cannabis is such a 'dinosaur' issue, why did Stephen Harper spend our money on those ads? If the issue is so dead, why did Harper compare tobacc
I have a working theory on the killing of Kim Jong Nam (KJN), based upon what I've heard so far.

This nerve agent, VX, is apparently composed of two chemicals that, on their own, are relatively harmless.

One of the two women who swabbed KJN's face came down with symptoms but did not die.
Officials surmise that both women were inoculated against VX, but only one got sick.

Could the two chemical components have been separately applied to KJN's face?
Would the chemical reaction happen under those circumstances?
It would explain only one woman showing symptoms, if she was the only one exposed to the combined formula.

Four men that were also implicated have, so far, eluded authorities.
Two women, used as cut-outs, fall guys, while the operatives that controlled them skipped away, presumably to North Korea and a reward.

Kim Jong Uhn could have killed his half brother in a much more private way. He chose to kill his relative in a place he knew there were cameras.
He was ready to sacrifice two women's lives to kill his brother in public with a deadly chemical weapon.
Going to say that's a red flag, right there.
Updated Presidential Quotes by KeswickPinhead
Amusing to think that this is the reason a teenage me gave my parents for why we needed to buy our first microwave oven.

Microwave Ovens were a relatively new thing. More people were getting them, but many homes still did not have one.
Open Window Bakery, at the Scarborough Town Center, started asking people if they wanted their buttered bagels heated in this newish device.

Many of my friends loved these buttery zapped bagels. It was a new thing, and, for 50 cents, a cheap and fast meal.

Not many people would ask for their bagel to be popped in a microwave these days. Most people prefer either toasted, or plain.

Anyway, this was the reason I gave my mother.
Finally, my dad, who had grown used to using the microwave at his work, also started telling mom it would be a good idea.
Wondering...how many of you reading this have never known a home without a microwave in it?

Have a nice day, may all your bagels be toasted.

I invented god by KeswickPinhead
Paid agitators.
Astroturf, not real grass-roots opposition.
Yes, we've all heard these lines trotted out before, from both sides of the political spectrum, but now it's Trump's turn to rail at what he perceives to be the current 'nattering nabobs of negativity'.

I'd like to remind Donald Trump that the majority of American voters did not choose him.
 The numbers of protesters is vast because so is the opposition to his policies.
They're not being paid, they're concerned about the fascist direction their country is heading. 
"Period." - Sean Spicer
Anything you'd like to add to that? by KeswickPinhead
Greetings to every person the president considers an enemy of the people on this day.
"The press is the enemy" - Richard Nixon (turfed from White House in shame)

Michael Flynn is fired by Trump, and Trump blames media pressure. Trump said Flynn is great, would do great job, as he pushed him under the bus.
I expect there to be further information that Donald Trump doesn't want you to see and hear, which is why he's trying to convince you to not pay attention.
He knows the noose is tightening. This Russia business isn't going away.

What did the president know, and when did he know it?

"I am not a crook" - Richard Nixon (crook)
Trump Headline Phone In by KeswickPinhead
Alternative Headlines by KeswickPinhead
You may have noticed I'm not as enthusiastic about ousting Nancy Elgie as I've been about other circumstances.
Don't get me wrong, Nancy Elgie should step down, immediately, but I don't think that evidence of a pattern of racism has been proven.

Nancy Elgie said something she shouldn't have, and she should go, but I don't believe in my heart that Nancy Elgie is a monster.
There certainly hasn't been a flood of people coming forward with similar stories of Nancy Elgie hurling racist slurs.
No. One time.
One time too many, but one time.
I've spoken with Nancy Elgie, on more than one occasion. I once spoke with her husband, too.
I know them both to be people who have done good for this community, and I will not ignore those contributions because of one slip, as horrendous as some may think it is.
She needs to go, but let's put away the *expletive-deleted* pitchforks and torches, OK?

Judge not lest ye be judged, and all that rot.

Stunning Kunstler Quote by KeswickPinhead
They say an unexamined life is not worth living. This evening I took small part in a documentary called 'Employable Me' that will feature my nephew Riley, :iconthenoblepirate:.
For the sake of not spoiling anything I will not reveal details, but the documentary's goal is to prove that having neurological conditions, such as Tourette's or Autism, shouldn't make people unemployable.

I hope everything goes well, with the project and with the way they portray Riley.
I don't care how they portray me, but I am very protective of my family.
 
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are discussing how best to split the provinces, between Russia and America.
Putin says "Donny, I think you should take Quebec. Such an enormous province requires big strong hand to rule, you are best suited, old friend."
"Nice try, Vlad old buddy, but Quebec is a huge headache, you are better for handling the French Problem" snickers Trump, making air quotes as he says "French Problem". 
Putin tips his head back and chuckles heartily "you got me pal, you know me so well. Perhaps we should let Quebec have "sovereignty" for a bit first."
They look each other in the eye, and both begin roaring with laughter.

Telling this joke scares me. If it's funny, it's because it's too damned plausible.
Assassination Season?I've always said you can take the temperature of a political situation by what old and young people are saying about it.
In the Vietnam era, it was when grandparents and children were on board that I felt the war was truly close to ending.
I say this, because my 83 yr old mother, who is far from a 'liberal snowflake', believes that Donald Trump will be assassinated.
She's mentioned it a number of times now. (and no, she is not plotting anything, if you are CIA or whatever, relax)
Mom feels that Trump has pissed off so many people, so many countries, so many intelligence agencies, that his days are numbered.
She's not alone. I've heard young people saying the same thing.
I am not advocating this point of view, and I don't even need to tell you "President Mike Pence" doesn't sound like music to my ears, either.
Then there's the inevitable backlash from some of Trump's more rabid supporters to consider.
But, the word is in the air, people are talking about this shit.... I can't see this e

Canada is NOT Ice by KeswickPinhead
I've always said you can take the temperature of a political situation by what old and young people are saying about it.
In the Vietnam era, it was when grandparents and children were on board that I felt the war was truly close to ending.

I say this, because my 83 yr old mother, who is far from a 'liberal snowflake', believes that Donald Trump will be assassinated.
She's mentioned it a number of times now. (and no, she is not plotting anything, if you are CIA or whatever, relax)

Mom feels that Trump has pissed off so many people, so many countries, so many intelligence agencies, that his days are numbered.

She's not alone. I've heard young people saying the same thing.
I am not advocating this point of view, and I don't even need to tell you "President Mike Pence" doesn't sound like music to my ears, either.
Then there's the inevitable backlash from some of Trump's more rabid supporters to consider.

But, the word is in the air, people are talking about this shit.... I can't see this ending well either way. Can you?

HE WANTS REVENGE by KeswickPinheadRump by KeswickPinhead


I'd just like President Trump :iconvomitplz: to remember that Canada's National Animal is the BEAVER.
NOT the pussy, pisslover.
Not a domestic animal. Wild.
Try to grab anything from a beaver, and your tiny hands will come back bloody and missing fingers, so think on, mister T.

...and I know a thing or two about ridiculous by KeswickPinhead
This is a companion piece to the last journal entry ' Maybe We Were Too Quick To Judge?'  Maybe We Were Too Quick To Judge?Have you ever had your opinion shaded by popular criticism?
Decided to NOT see a movie, concert, or listen to a record, because you heard it was "too (fill in the blank)"?
I have, so I decided to challenge my preconceptions, and revisit music that I dismissed at an earlier stage in my life.
Peer pressure, or the music simply not fitting my lifestyle at that time.
As a teenager I was not alone in heaping scorn on the Disco movement. I'm currently listening to music by John Lennon (Walls and Bridges) and Queen (Hot Space) that I had previously deemed "too disco".
Quite enjoying them.
Think about it, a bad Lennon LP is STILL a Lennon record, even if he was trying to appeal to that crowd at that time in some of his songs.
 I no longer begrudge an artist for wanting to try new things.
So, I challenge you to challenge yourself.
 Think about giving something/someone you chose to dismiss another look/listen.


Another thing I've been doing lately, is to look back into the record catalogue of bands/artists that I, for one reason or another, stopped collecting.

Stuff that was released after I stopped buying records, stuff that was released after I stopped buying compact discs....

The two that I'm playing a lot lately are Todd Rundgren, the '(RE)production' lp, and The Tubes 'Remote Control', which is produced by Todd Rundgren.

Not only is 'Reproduction' a fine album, but it was a jump-off point for me to investigate other music I was unfamiliar with.

I've been a fan of the Tubes since the first lp, so finding a record of theirs that was produced by Rundgren, it's a twofer.

So I challenge you. Go and search for new tunes.
Don't be afraid to sift through a little shit when looking for diamonds.
 If you look for the good, you're more likely to find it.

Your Music is Watching You by KeswickPinhead
Have you ever had your opinion shaded by popular criticism?
Decided to NOT see a movie, concert, or listen to a record, because you heard it was "too (fill in the blank)"?

I have, so I decided to challenge my preconceptions, and revisit music that I dismissed at an earlier stage in my life.

Peer pressure, or the music simply not fitting my lifestyle at that time.

As a teenager I was not alone in heaping scorn on the Disco movement. I'm currently listening to music by John Lennon (Walls and Bridges) and Queen (Hot Space) that I had previously deemed "too disco".

Quite enjoying them.

Think about it, a bad Lennon LP is STILL a Lennon record, even if he was trying to appeal to that crowd at that time in some of his songs.
 I no longer begrudge an artist for wanting to try new things.

So, I challenge you to challenge yourself.
 Think about giving something/someone you chose to dismiss another look/listen.
Ceci n'est pas une Beatle by KeswickPinhead
First off, nobody should be pushing snow back out onto the street.
Second, the street plow will come along, pushing this obstruction of a public thoroughfare onto a critical storm drain, feet from the pile.
Third, when the melt comes, the intersection will flood.
Fourth, when the freeze comes, that pond will turn into an ice rink...
....and that's how they do things here in Georgina Township, boys and girls.
Happy New Year, or very very close to it.
When snow gets plowed back on the street by KeswickPinhead
Christmas is Nigh, Bill is Nye. At this time of the year it's important to know the difference.
 Merry Chrimble, everly buddy.
Santa Cocks by KeswickPinhead
A Letter From Santa by KeswickPinhead

Fear of Santa by KeswickPinhead

What would Jesus Want? by KeswickPinhead Santa ComesHe comes down the chimney, shrouded in gloom
He comes right there in your living room
The fields and rooftops are covered in white
There's nowhere where he hasn't 'been' tonight
The streets are covered the cars are too
Santa Claus....He comes for YOU!
Wondering if it was a Canadian thing, or more universal.
As a kid, I loved packing snow. Snow that you could easily make a snowman, snow-fort, and snowballs with.
Not surprising that we've got packing snow out there on December Fifth, what is notable is the reversal of my opinion of it.
It's heavy, and it sticks to shovels, making them more difficult to work with. You've got to constantly clean off the clingy slush.
These days I'm quite happy to work with light powder, piling it up, and waiting until I can cut it with a saw. No need for packing, I let time and sun do it for me.
I hope the kids around here appreciate the packing snow we got overnight, because I sure don't.

Snowman Down by KeswickPinhead
The sun shines out our behinds by KeswickPinhead
How do you like my hat? by KeswickPinhead
Snowdog wants to go for a walk by KeswickPinhead
Snowfriends by KeswickPinhead
I suspect.....murder!

In the immortal words of Jesus Christ by KeswickPinhead